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Ricciarelli from Siena and Patata di Bologna get EU laurels

A traditional pastry from Siena and a potato grown around Bologna have become the latest recipients of European Union quality seals, extending Italy's lead in the EU's protected food rankings.

Siena's famed Ricciarelli biscuits, a slim lozenge-shaped dainty that morphed from an original curly creation by a Crusading knight impressed by an Arab sweetmeat, won a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) label.

The 'Patata di Bologna' won an even more prestigious Protection Designation of Origin (PDO) certificate to keep it safe from inferior pretenders.

by S. C.
20 march 2010, World News > Italy